Everything Inc.

The Precious and the Broken
Narrated by: Paul J. McSorley
Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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In a dystopian future where a single organization controls all goods and services, thousands of impoverished Americans abandon pride and freedom to become part of Everything Incorporated. When Paul Harper, alone and failed, makes his way to Enterprise City, will he find fulfillment in a new beginning, or be buried underground, like all he's left behind?

Everything Inc. is a story of perseverance and redemption. Finding purpose in a world where purpose has been removed.

©2016 Geoff Sturtevant (P)2016 Geoff Sturtevant

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Modern day Orwell

The first time I read 1984, it was just past that year, but the prospects for an Orwellian future were still realistic enough that it was scary as heck. Now, though, post-9-11, we see a lot of those same scary prospects as nothing more than a daily annoyance. Everything, Inc. takes it a league further into a world more realistically terrifying than I've ever imagined. We are already seeing signs of this bleak future, which makes it that much more terrifying. This book was scary in the way that the evening news is scary, and throws a dark pall on mega-conglomerates. Very entertaining, but also thought-provoking and insightful. The narrator was awesome.

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Well written

This novella is well written,well narrated, and holds your interest throughout.Its only flaw is that it isn’t as original as some of Sturtevant’s other works, such as Occupational Hazards.But well worth the investment of time to listen to.

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Excellent

Would you listen to Everything Inc. again? Why?

Yes. Interesting story and good

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dan. He inspires the protagonist.

Any additional comments?

Sturtevant gives us another intriguing tale with his signature (slightly) dark point of view in Everything Inc.Probably one of the scariest things about this story is how prophetic it could be.

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Another fantastic story

Would you listen to Everything Inc. again? Why?

Yes. His stories are very interesting perspectives and tell these snippets of a life you would not have known existed.

What did you like best about this story?

You can believe in the characters. They are developed and crafted where you would almost know someone like them already.

Have you listened to any of Paul J. McSorley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I love his delivery. Very good choice of narrator.

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Eerily profetic!

Great dystopian story that is way too close to the truth of how our society is moving forward. This book captured my attention from the beginning! This is my second book by Sturdevant and I think what I seem to like most about his books are the characters and the detail he puts into them. Paul J. McSorley brings the characters and the story to life. Excellent book!

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Very interesting!

The narrator in this was excellent! He did all the different voices so well for each of the different characters. I thought the story was interesting, and I loved the friendship that was made between the 2 main guys. I enjoyed this short story.

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Great short science fiction

I hate to say this but Mr. Sturtevant writing fits more or less how I see the far away future as. I have no trouble buying into this story. If is a little strange, very different and unique. Short, to the point of how a company takes over everything and everybody but the question is how they are using the people they are hiring. Could it be for slave labor, to help people who need help, or could it be so much more than our minds can handle?

The narrator as always does a wonderful job with his narration, his male characters are always outstanding pulling you in with the emotions he gives them. The fear, excitement, danger, unsure is show very easy in how he displays his characters tones. I was hanging on the edge with each new discovery as well as what happens to the people when they are no longer there. There are no background noises, no volume changes and no repeating of words. The narrator gives you a very clear, clean audio that takes you way making it easy to feel the horrors, the unsure, the pain and sorrow of losing everything you have only to find you're as far down as you can go. I enjoyed his narration and the powerful tones he gives each character. I look forward to listening to more of his work.

I thought this was a very interesting listen that held my attention keeping me invested in the story. It has a great plot and is a little out there but most of this authors writing are. He makes his stories unique and fascinating. I had no trouble at all buying into the story and feel somewhere along the way in this crazy world this could be our future to some point. Great job I totally loved it.

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Too close to reality

Like my title says, it's just to close to reality. I guess I shouldn't have listened to this when I was at work. Still, because of it I was totally hypnotized by this book, I finished in one sitting, couldn't turn it off. Think 1984 and Animal Farm all rolled into one. Except it's kind of real...kind of what we all live every day. Very disturbing

Part of the appeal of this book, I have to admit, was the characters in the book. Like us, they make friends, find a way to make the miserable more pleasant. It's this camaraderie that makes it fun in the middle of all of the disturbing. I would definitely read it again.

The narrator helped to drive home the story, fantastic range of voices, they did a great job.

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Good Book!!

I really enjoyed this book. The narrator done a good job telling the story. I look forward to listen to more books by this author.

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Character, theme, and ambiance. Good stuff!

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Geoff has a great command of the subtleties of language. His stories are character driven and build slowly with ambiance and atmosphere. The only way I can describe it is that he has a kind of Stephen King way of showing you normal life, and then having the veil slowly removed to reveal the creepy in this world. He shows you the themes of Man vs. The Machine (corporations etc) and other wrinkles in our humanity.

Everything Inc. is a man vs the corporation story. The characters are very real and relatable. The chapters move along at a nice pace, and there were several twists/unexpected scenes that were fun.

Check it out!

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  • Dennis
  • 02-19-20

Strange little audiobook

In the near future the earth is barren there is no real cities and people are starving and willing to do anything for food and shelter possibly a new beginning. There is one city called and ran by Everything Corp and they promised food and shelter for work and you had to sign a document saying you stay and give everything you had to Everything Corp.
But people come to work one day and sometime just disappear the next the city will provide you everything you need and want for a price and no one was to question anything that went on or were the people who disappeared went all you had to do is work, smile and be happy. Everything Corp controlled everything and gave you just enough to put some credits in your pocket and a very small cell aka room to sleep in and you could not visit your neighbors make friends or be punished or disappear.
The characters in here work together and start questioning things why are people living in the tunnels under Los Vegas, Why is there so many housing units buildings but not enough work for all of them and finally why it takes five men to do the work of one.
so one takes a journey to find answers visit the tunnels, meet other people and see why they are were they are and finally what is in the mysteries power plant.
The story is well written and narrated and I am sure you will also enjoy the journey of the main character and yours from listening to the audiobook.

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  • Carl D. Nuttall
  • 08-05-18

Enjoyable and exciting

Great story with quite an unexpected end! Fun and entertaining to the end with gripping voice over.